‘Plum Book’ Lists Plum Fed Jobs

Looking for a job as a Congressional liaison for the FCC? How about a post as a special assistant for something-or-other? Or maybe you were wondering exactly how much Chairman Kevin Martin will keep making as he holds on to his job into the Obama Administration?

This week, the House Committee on Governmental Reform released the 2008 version of the so-called Plum Book, listing some 7,000 federal jobs—presidential appointments, and the staff that serve them. The government has released a version of the book after every presidential election since 1952.

Although the some of the codes in the book were unintelligible to the private-sector workers at TV Technology, it makes for some fascinating reading. Who knew, for example, that there was such a thing as the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, and that it falls under the category of “independent federal agencies and government corporations”?

The job listings for the FCC are here, although you have to scroll down alphabetically past the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Farm Credit Admnistration.

In case you don’t want to check yourself, the post of FCC chairman merits an Executive Schedule Level III salary of $158,500 a year. The other commissioners are ES IV, at $149,000, as of the start of 2008.